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Old 12-12-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Would you rather receive a gift card from Camping World, REI, or Walmart?

(Future brother-in-law is a full-timer in a class A. He boondocks most of the time in the Southwest)

Helllllpppp
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Old 12-12-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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Would you rather receive a gift card from Camping World, REI, or Walmart?

(Future brother-in-law is a full-timer in a class A. He boondocks most of the time in the Southwest)

Helllllpppp
Well, here's my thoughts on the matter. First, I must say that I don't own an RV. A Camping World gift card might be good if you know there are things that your future BIL would want to purchase there. If he has a motorhome and is well equipped, he may not need or want anything they sell, so this is something you'll have to check into.

Same goes for REI. I got a couple of REI gift cards for Christmas a year or two ago, and I still haven't found anything to use them for. I pretty much have all the camping gear I need at the moment, so I will have to find something I need to use them on. Possibly maps or something from the bike section.

Finally, there's Walmart. I am sure there is something he could want or would need from Walmart. It may not be his favorite place to shop, but if he's boondocking, there's a good chance he gets there regularly anyway. The good thing about a Walmart card is that he can even use it for groceries at Super Walmart if he chooses to. I would say this is the one surefire card that he will use.

The other option might be for a restaurant chain he likes. This could be used for special occasions, or just sometime when he doesn't feel like "eating in." A bonus if you choose Olive Garden is that you can also use their cards at Red Lobster, and vice-versa.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Wyoming
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I am an RVer, but I have no idea where the closest Camping World or REI is to me -- certainly more than 100 miles. Walmart is a mile away and I drive past it nearly every day. Full-timers like Walmarts because there's always room to park your RV at them, and if you want to park there overnight, most will welcome you. I'd vote a Walmart card.
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I would say Walmart because we have all heard recently in the news about gift cards that are anything but gifts. There's a Walmart everywhere and has probably just about anything your future brother-in-law would need.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:01 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Is there no way you can come up with a something? I just have never been one for gift cards... but I do realize that sometimes it's the best thing.

Last year my sil gave me a silly little " throw" for the camper couch with moose( es??) on it. I thought... ugh. It's my favorite item now.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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Default Having Full-Timed RVed

Having been a full-time rver, Camping World and REI are both online also but Camping World tends to be high on their prices and, well, an RV gets pretty tight and doesn't need a lot of RV stuff after a period of time. REI, maybe if they have a specialty like hiking, etc. Wal-Mart is maybe otherwise a best bet since many RVers are able to overnight in the parking lots of some of the stores and usually, if decent about it, do some stocking up from the store to sort of payback the store for providing such.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:31 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Thanks for the responses, people!

Walmart it is, LOL

(Camper, he's ... particular. Or should I say peculiar... )
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:03 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Thanks for the responses, people!

Walmart it is, LOL

(Camper, he's ... particular. Or should I say peculiar... )
ahem.... so am I!! lol. I get s bunch of our regular stuff at Walmart. Like food, T.P, holding tank stuff, food, batteries and more food.
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Old 12-15-2009, 02:13 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Walmart gets my vote too!
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:58 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I NEED to add that Walmart Allows RVers to stay over nite ... they are easy for a tired driver to find & easy to park at. Camping Worlds are hard to find & few & far between.
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